ALUMNI NEWS – Ron Heacock Story Collection

Ron Heacock’s short story collection, Hey This is it, I’m Going to Die, was published by Libros Igni in November 2014. Many of the stories were written during his time as a Goddard undergraduate.
Here’s the back cover description:

What strange guests are these? A boy with the ability to lead the dead. A girl who can hear her dog’s thoughts. A badger returning a little lost boy. A woman who turns out not to be a woman at all. From a farm in the Deep South to the Erie Lackawanna train Station in Summit, New Jersey, the tales in “Hey This is it, I’m Going to Die” are written with an ear for pitch and an eye for the mundane. Welcome to the oddly bent world of Ron Heacock where the horrifying and the sublime captivate.

And from W.E. Butts New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2009-2013:

“I keep returning to these stories… with renewed appreciation for their stylistic diversity and, most importantly, their compassionate examinations of what it means to be human. Your characters, regardless of their circumstances, have something to show us about who we are.”

Ron Heacock lives with his wife, Karen Walasek, and her service dog, Finn. They split their time between the hills of southern Tennessee and Portland, Oregon. Ron spent years performing songs and shared the stage with notable artists Alan Ginsberg and Pete Seeger. His work is published in journals worldwide. He can be found at, and at

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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